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On The Role Of External Traditions In The Septuagint

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A burning issue in Septuagintal studies is the question of the extent to which the persons responsible for the Old Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible made use of external traditions in their attempts to make the intention of their source texts evident. Scholars have divergent views on these issues. There is a consensus that such external traditions are utilised in the LXX. A large group argues that, since the Septuagint in its inception was a Jewish document, it is natural to expect evidence of Jewish-orientated external traditions. This chapter addresses the issues of the extent to which the Septuagint was in fact influenced by external exegetical traditions and what their function was. It deals with a number of, hopefully, representative examples from the books of Genesis, Proverbs, Job, Hosea and Ezekiel.

Keywords: external exegetical traditions; Ezekiel; Genesis; Greek translation; Hebrew Bible; Hosea; Jewish document; LXX; Proverbs; Septuagint



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